On Local Teams

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 15:32:44 UTC 2011

Fixed link to IRC meeting log: 


On 11-11-02 11:04 AM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> Hi Randall,
> I pretty much entirely agree.  :)
> I see value in an umbrella organization, dealing with things like this
> mailing list and the website, helping those outside large cities, and
> supporting growth in new cities.  But I think that could easily exist
> as a separate entity, in which the city teams participate.
> How Canonical ships CDs came up, but I see that as tangential.  The
> CDs are nice, and it would be great if they sent out more shipments
> across the country, but it's not something that should dictate how the
> community is organized.
> I suppose it's no big surprise that this was discussed extensively at
> last night's IRC meeting.  Log here:
> http://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2011/11/02/%23ubuntu-ca.htmlhttp://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2011/11/02/%23ubuntu-ca.html
> Darcy.
> On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 10:43 AM, Randall Ross<randall at executiv.es>  wrote:
>> Canada,
>> Recently there has been discussion about breaking country teams into smaller
>> ones, e.g. by state or province.
>> While in theory this might seem like a rational move, we should ask
>> ourselves "What problem are we trying to solve?"
>> One of the barriers to the formation of Ubuntu Local Communities (in the
>> truly local sense) is that people perceive that there is a formal and
>> defined organization at a national level and therefore generally don't feel
>> empowered or compelled to start something locally. Lest you think this is a
>> unique Canadian issue, the USA is organized at a state level and the same
>> situation exists.
>> So, should we "break" Ubuntu Canada into provincial teams? No. This will not
>> create more active, vibrant Local Communities. This *will* add another
>> artificial construct though, with little value.
>> What should we do then? Easy: Focus our energies on building strong local
>> communities in our towns and cities.
>> If you are reading this list and have aspirations to build a real community,
>> gather some Ubuntu users and enthusiasts in your town and build a LoCo.
>> Then, make it grow. We will not spread Ubuntu by chatting in IRC channels.
>> We will not spread Ubuntu by creating more "tumbleweed teams." We *will*
>> spread Ubuntu block by block, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, town by town,
>> city by city.
>> Toronto? Kitchener? Montreal? Calgary? Edmonton? Regina? Saskatoon?
>> Winnipeg? Ottawa? Quebec City? Fredericton? Halifax? St. Johns? Moncton? ...
>>    Let's get rolling!
>> Ubuntu<insert-your-city-here>  LoCo.
>> Cheers,
>> Randall
>> Ubuntu Vancouver Buzz Generator.
>>> gord campbell<gordc2005 at velcom.ca>  wrote:
>>>>> Yup! ?I would love to get involved with a Toronto or GTA LUG, but don't
>>>>> really care about national or provincial groups.
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